Tuesday, 21 December 2021

AQIPP 2021 Opening Night

 I went to the Opening Night for AQIPP, which stands for Australian Quilts in Public Places. It had been postponed because of Covid restrictions, but it was finally allowed to go ahead, although some people were not there because they were still hesitant to gather in public groups.

Here I am with my quilt, I was thrilled because I won the Curators Prize and two speakers spoke at length about my quilt in the speeches. You can read an earlier post about my quilt called Melbourne Malaise here

They produced a beautiful hardback catalogue of all the quilts.

Inside was a picture of every quilt, a detail photo and an artist statement.

My friend Linda was there and I took a photo of her with her beautiful quilt called The Doors of Old Lyon. It's a shame that they displayed some quilts on top of each other, my friend's quilt is the one at the top.

As usual with Opening nights, you spend a lot of time catching up with people you know and don't get a good look at all the work. They have extended the exhibition time and it will open again next January, so I can go back and have a good look at all the quilts then.

I did get a photo of the winning quilt by Judy Hooworth, it was called Down by the Creek, #8.

Down by the Creek #8 by Judy Hooworth.

Yesterday, I drove three hours to the Kyabram Town Hall Gallery to help take down the One Step Further Exhibition. I was seeing it for the first time because of Covid restrictions and then I was busy with the Vic Quilters Virtual Quilt Show.

I took some quick photos. My quilt was called Hanging by Threads.

The winning quilt was by Sandra Champion, called Summer Inferno #4.

Summer Inferno #4 by Sandra Champion

The Runner Up prize went to Sue Reid for Abandonment #4.

Abandonment #4 by Sue Reid.

Now Christmas is upon us and we can hope for some lovely summer weather and some rest. Everyone is feeling quite exhausted by the stress of another Covid year. Now, we don't even try and imagine what next year will hold, even though we are 93% vaccinated.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays everyone. xx

Bye for now,



Magpie's Mumblings said...

Just the thought of going to a quilt show in person is wonderful to contemplate. Congrats on the Curators Prize!
Here's hoping you have a safe, blessed and happy Christmas - to you and yours.

Linda Steele said...

Thanks Magpie Mumblings, we just got the opening in before the latest scare. It was good to catch up with friends and see some quilts. Merry Christmas

nestki said...

Hi Linda,
I miss your blog and hope that you have been busy with good and interesting activities. I hope that you and your family have survived the deluges okay.
Love from too dry California.

Linda Steele said...

Thanks for the prompt, Nestki. I have been well but busy doing some different things. I will start my blog again soon.